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  1. On the plus side, 5 or 6 different people padded their resume with President or CEO titles thanks to Jetlines.
  2. Wow, time flies. I remember NWA taking delivery of a 747-400 sometime in the late 90's and flying it directly to YWG (was explained to me as some sort of tax strategy to land it out of country after taking delivery) and then operating it's first revenue flight in place of a DC9 for an 05:10 YWG-MSP departure. That flight was typically pretty light and this one only had 20-25 passengers. Pretty cool experience for those people! Barely 20 years later and that A/C is probably sitting in the bone yard!
  3. I'm sure it's not a priority A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history
  4. I usually figure out the new destinations when I log into Facebook and see a half dozen WestJet middle managers all posting selfies and checking in to places in the future city Last week, the good times were in Rome!
  5. As a manager new to WestJet working in airports, I met more pilots in my first week through grooming aircraft than I did in a decade of working at CP and AC where we were encouraged to keep to ourselves and in some cases catch the other guy doing things wrong (ie. Project Hawkeye, etc...). In the following years, those "grooming" relationships evolved personally and professionally. It opened the door for many of my new pilot friends to pop by my office and give me a heads up about things or pass along a nice compliment. It also helped me get some things done that required buy in from flight ops thanks to our relationships. None of us were being paid to do the grooming. All of us were "over qualified," "over educated" and deep enough into our careers to think we were too important to be grooming an aircraft, and yet as I look back on my time at WestJet, it was one of the most important and meaningful parts of my time there.